Adopt a Pet and Change a Life
“Saving one pet won’t change the world, but for that one pet the world will change forever.”
If you’re the parent of a rescue pet, you know the advantages of adopting from a shelter are infinite. For those of you considering adopting from a shelter, we’d like to give you some more food for thought!
When you adopt an animal from a shelter, you’re saving two lives: the life of the animal that you adopted and the life of the animal that’s going to take its place at the shelter. Search the adoptable animals at all three of the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) locations at arlboston.org/search-adoptables.
Interestingly, you don’t always have to go to a breeder for a purebred pet. Studies have shown that over 25% of pets available for adoption at shelters are purebred. There are also numerous rescue groups that focus on a specific dog or cat breed.
At the ARL shelters, we have a variety of breeds, mixes, hair-lengths, and colors – every day we have a little something different! Our furry canine friend Max (photo at top right), for instance, is a Poodle/Pekingnese mix currently staying at our Boston shelter. Fond of orange cats? Tommy (photo at bottom right) could be your perfect match.
Our investment in the animals in our care includes learning their personalities and preferences, so that we can help you find the perfect match for your home and lifestyle. For our dogs, we use the ARL’s Center for Shelter Dogs Match-Up II Shelter Rehoming program to thoroughly evaluate each dog and provide a fuller description of behavior.
All adoptable animals at the ARL receive the following:
- Health screening and veterinary examination
- Rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets
- Microchip identification and registration
- Heartworm test and preventative medication for dogs
- Flea, tick and mite treatment
- Deworming for intestinal parasites
- Tag, collar, and leash or carrier
When you buy from a pet store or a breeder these cost are all additional expenses on top of the cost of the pet.
If you’re not looking to adopt a pet at this moment in time, you can help change a pet’s life by becoming a champion for animals.